When we forget our purpose in life let us always remember these words. Add a little wisdom to your day with the following article.
"Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land." Deuteronomy 15:10-11
Like many other things in life, the Holy Spirit and Faith are fueled by empathy, generosity and love. It is impossible to help others without first feeling what they feel and understanding their needs.
In this sense, putting ourselves in their shoes and trying to understand their situation is the driving force behind our sense of duty and our vocation to help.
However, the most difficult aspect to achieve is that of being detached. We are often so preoccupied with our own problems that we find it difficult to give up certain benefits in order to help those around us.
But, we must remember that generosity and renunciation are fundamental to being able to provide real and effective help.
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:15-16
One of the best ways to help those who need us is to know how to listen. To do this, we must put aside our selfishness and remain meditative in order to listen to our heart guided by God's love. In this way, we can give wise counsel worthy of God's pride.
Furthermore, the Holy Bible is God's legacy to his children, the compendium of all his teachings and the manual of how to live. We can learn much about God the Father and share that knowledge with the little ones we love so much.
Explaining concepts related to God can be difficult, but we must remember that children are eager for knowledge and invaded by a natural curiosity that we must continue to nurture. Mainly, we will have to try to summarize that God is love and that nothing is more important than love.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
It is easy to get caught up in our own problems and concerns, and lose sight of the importance of helping others. However, when we take the time to put ourselves in the other person's shoes and try to feel what they feel, our empathy becomes the engine that drives us to act.
Generosity, giving up certain benefits in order to help our neighbor, is a difficult but vital aspect of helping others.
The task does not stop there, however. We must also know how to listen to our neighbor, put aside our selfishness and meditate in order to listen to our heart guided by the love of God. Often, giving wise counsel worthy of God's pride can be as important as any other form of help. And the best source of wisdom is, of course, the teaching of Christ.
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you." Proverbs 3:27-28
Ultimately, helping your neighbor is a way to keep God's word alive. The examples of unconditional love He has left us are an invaluable legacy, and it is our responsibility to follow His example. We must invite those who need help into our community, and teach them that all are welcome. Together, we can help each other grow in love and faith.
Let us always remember that helping others is more than an act of kindness, it is a way of serving God and our fellow man. Let us follow Christ's example and share his love and wisdom with those in need.